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LFHS student Ella Starr

LFHS student Ella Starr (pictured), whose calligraphy work was on display at Hansa Coffee Roasters in Lake Bluff through May 31, uses her art to “shine a little light.” Ella’s positive messages aligned “perfectly” with May, which was Mental Health Awareness Month, said LFHS art teacher Carolyn Bielski. “My mission,” Ella, a senior, said, “is to help those in difficult times/situations and give them an uplifting message, shine a little light into their life.”  She has shared her work with patients in hospitals, children in foster homes, and residents of Lambs Farm. She takes requests, including for service projects, through her non-profit, Calligraphy For A Cause, which she began after her mother was treated for cancer. “I remember being there [at the Mayo  Clinic], after her surgery thinking about how empty the walls were,” said Ella, who lives in Lake Bluff. When her mother had more care, “I sent up some of my lettering prints with her,” she said. “I wanted to do this for others and help them the same way.”

Map that shows states where graduates are going after high school

Five LFHS students have been named National Merit Scholarship winners. Daisy Connery was awarded a college-sponsored scholarship to the University of Southern California; Helene Gu and Colin Kingsley were awarded corporate-sponsored scholarships; Kathryn Li  won a college-sponsored scholarship to the University of Chicago; and Andrew Wehmeyer received a scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. The five students were joined by Mary Clayton, Davis Gramza, and Margot Pierce on the list of LFHS National Merit Scholarship finalists. Students were honored on Honors Night and their college destinations were featured in the Class of 2021 Future Plans booklet, which featured a list and map.